Qualified practitioner application
If you hold a recognised New Zealand qualification in the licensing class you are applying for, you can use a qualified practitioner application.
The qualified practitioner application process confirms you have undertaken a formal study in New Zealand, which contributes to your ability to meet the licensing competencies. Having a qualification does not automatically make you eligible for a license. You will also need to discuss relevant, recent building projects that relate to the licensing class you are applying for.
You can only submit a qualified practitioner application if you have a New Zealand qualification that is on the list of recognised qualifications in the LBP Rules.
You can’t apply for a Design licence using a qualified practitioner application. You must use a standard (experience-based) application instead.
If you have an overseas qualification, have a qualification that is not recognised, or are applying based on your experience in the trade, you must use a standard (experience-based) application instead.
If you hold an Australian State design or trade-related licence, please see the Australian licence holders page.
Understanding the process
Licensing assessments happen in three stages:
Our administration team will firstly ensure that your application is ‘complete’. If there is information missing, they will contact you and advise you of what you need to provide, as well as the date by which you must provide this. If you do not provide the requested information, then your application will lapse and you will have to apply again.
Once your application is complete, it will be passed to an assessor.
Our assessor team has been selected for their design and/or building backgrounds. Most of our assessors are LBPs themselves or hold the equivalent registration or experience. Your application will be assessed by someone with an extensive knowledge of your licensing class.
An assessor will:
- Review your application form;
- Call your referees to confirm your technical competence on projects you have worked on;
- Call you and discuss your application;
- Carry out a phone-based test on your regulatory knowledge.
Once the assessor has completed your assessment, they will provide a written report to the Registrar as to whether they believe you have met the licensing competencies. The assessor will also make a recommendation to the Registrar regarding your licence.
Once the Registrar has reviewed this report, the Registrar will make a decision regarding your licence. The Registrar may at times request some more information from you to assist in making this decision.
The Registrar will send you a written notification of their decision.
When considering your referees, you should take into consideration the following criteria:
- You are required to provide two referees.
- Your referees need to have a technical credibility i.e. they must be able to answer technical questions relevant to the work you carried out.
- Your referees must be able to talk about the specific range of the building work they observed you carry out in the last 5 years.
- Your referees need to be available to talk with your assessor.
Before submitting an application, please read the following resource:
If you are applying using the qualified application process you must provide a certified copy of your qualification. This means that you will need to take a photocopy and the original of your qualification to either a Justice of the Peace; solicitor; court registrar, or any person able to take a statutory declaration.
If you are unable to locate your original qualification, you may be able to obtain a copy from one of the following organisations:
New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA)(external link) or 0800 69 72 96
Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)(external link) or 0800 60 13 01